Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Set for $88.4M in Five Days; Secret of the Tomb' and 'Annie' Battle for Second with $19.2M and $17.5M RespectivelyDecember 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in an estimated $16.58 million on Friday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy increased a strong 66.5 percent over Thursday. Friday's daily hold was a good sign for the film after the sharper than anticipated percentage decline it experienced on Thursday. In comparison, 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers increased 39 percent on its first Friday to gross $19.22 million.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $50.98 million in three days, which places it 14 percent behind the $59.26 million three-day start of The Two Towers. BOXOFFICE currently projects $54.0 million over the weekend for The Battle of the Five Armies and a five-day start of $88.41 million. That would be in the same neighborhood as the $86.14 million five-day start of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which opened on a Friday).

IMAX grosses were responsible for $2.18 million of the film's overall gross on Friday. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $8.08 million from IMAX locations. That represents 15.8 percent of the film's overall domestic gross. The Battle of the Five Armies received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

It was a close race for second place on Friday, with Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb outpacing Sony's Annie with an estimated opening day performance of $5.625 million. The two films were separated by just $325,000 on Friday and are likely to remain fairly close to one another throughout the rest of the weekend (and perhaps throughout the rest of the holiday season as well). Secret of the Tomb opened 16 percent below the $6.71 million opening day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE currently projects a $19.2 million debut for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which would be below expectations. The film received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Annie claimed third place with an estimated $5.3 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the higher end of expectations on Friday. That is welcome news for Sony, especially after the events of the past week that led to the cancellation of the studio's release of The Interview. Annie opened 21 percent below the opening day take of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE is projecting a $17.5 million debut for Annie. The film received an promising A- rating on CinemaScore.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 inched ahead of Exodus: Gods and Kings to take fourth place on Friday with an estimated $2.28 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 39 percent from last Friday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $283.76 million in 29 days, which leaves it $16.24 million away from becoming the second release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. BOXOFFICE currently estimates a $7.8 million take for Mockingjay - Part 1 this weekend.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings landed in fifth with an estimated $2.275 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic was down a very sharp 74 percent from last Friday's opening day take. Poor reviews, mixed word of mouth and direct competition from The Battle of the Five Armies are all clearly taking a toll on the film. Exodus has grossed an underwhelming $33.11 million through eight days. BOXOFFICE projects $7.7 million for Exodus: Gods and Kings this weekend, which would represent a 68 percent slide.

On its first day of wide release, Fox Searchlight's Wild took in an estimated $1.175 million from 1,061 locations. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon has grossed $4.24 million in 18 days. BOXOFFICE is projecting $3.75 million for Wild this weekend.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,920,000-11%4,1000$8,029$222,620,8143Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$30,688,000--3,010--$10,195$64,008,2651Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$28,027,000--2,814--$9,960$67,465,4251Universal
4Parental Guidance$14,800,000--3,367--$4,396$29,588,6921Fox
5Jack Reacher$14,010,000-8%3,3520$4,180$44,563,1582Paramount
6This is 40$13,186,00014%2,9141$4,525$37,116,2902Universal
7Lincoln$7,509,00036%1,966-327$3,819$132,038,7978Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$6,700,00027%2,4310$2,756$21,110,3562Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$6,363,00033%2,6180$2,430$18,489,4642Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$4,900,000-15%2,055-976$2,384$90,147,1306Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$4,600,000-5%1,637-728$2,810$289,627,3788Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$3,825,000-5%1,178-572$3,247$84,695,1846Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,450,000-7%1,191-809$2,057$286,129,7767Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,110,000131%745374$5,517$27,360,7227Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,400,00011%8400$2,857$7,426,6612Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$2,005,00010%913-531$2,196$175,655,1199Disney
4Argo$1,075,00019%345-105$3,116$108,497,11112Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$526,659-21%218-113$2,416$10,706,7357Focus
6Flight$460,000-32%400-342$1,150$91,894,7579Paramount
7Hitchcock$400,000-31%349-186$1,146$5,006,9346Fox Searchlight
8Red Dawn (2012)$391,000-51%425-586$920$43,393,5166FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$271,00032%232-43$1,168$138,925,36713Fox
10Pitch Perfect$158,00021%183-31$863$64,403,28314Universal
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$125,000-71%268-583$466$12,687,6304FilmDistrict
12End of Watch$92,00027%162-10$568$40,754,60315Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,50013%125-16$700$17,306,34115Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$429,41911%84-2$5,112$1,737,7214Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$315,000-24%50$63,000$1,367,5712Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$190,150--25--$7,606$190,1501Focus
4The Impossible$184,50028%150$12,300$484,8472Lionsgate / Summit
5Rust and Bone$121,434-4%26-1$4,671$594,4576Sony Pictures Classics
6Amour$60,016-12%30$20,005$217,7912Sony Pictures Classics
7Not Fade Away$56,000192%1916$2,947$97,0122Paramount Vantage
8Chasing Ice$47,967--40--$1,199$780,1388Submarine Deluxe
9Sinister$40,00042%82-11$488$48,056,78412Lionsgate / Summit
10Alex Cross$37,00036%77-17$481$25,863,97011Lionsgate / Summit
11Searching For Sugar Man$29,86790%283$1,067$3,007,34123Sony Pictures Classics
12Holy Motors$24,177--14--$1,727$511,23111Indomina Releasing
13Paranormal Activity 4$21,00073%500$420$53,885,06911Paramount
14The Other Son$20,704--17--$1,218$1,160,00610Cohen Media Group
15West of Memphis$13,856--5--$2,771$22,8521Sony Pictures Classics
16ParaNorman$9,49377%22-2$432$55,995,17020Focus